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Just around the corner: Sophomores work on their DAP projects

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  Every year at ARS, the sophomore class has a two month long project for their pathway classes: Biomedical, Engineering, and Media Technology. This project qualifies students for the Distinguished Diploma Plan (DAP). Scoring an 80 or above on the Cornerstone project is also how Ann Richards’ letterman jackets are earned. Here is what some…

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Rising up from under: Cities destroyed by Hurricane Harvey recover

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After Hurricane Harvey hit on August 17, 2017, and lasted until the beginning of September, a number of Texas cities have been ruined. The impact of the cyclone destroyed homes, outdoor areas, and local businesses. Some of the most affected areas include Houston, Port Arthur, Corpus Christi, and Rockport, all in different ways. We were…

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Freshen up on film: Use Spring Break to catch up on flicks

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Photo courtesy of Creative Commons. Exceptional romances with soundtracks to match Director Baz Luhrmann is a master at over-the-top romances accompanied by modern pop songs that will surely keep you singing and swooning. Some of our favorite Luhrmann movies are Strictly Ballroom (1993), Romeo + Juliet (1996), and Moulin Rouge! (2001). Submarine (2010), Amelie (2001),…

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Bienvenidos: Spanish students host the first annual Latin American Cultural fair

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In the hallway next to the cafeteria, booths were set up with colorful decorations and bold flags. Spanish classes made “La Feria Cultural,” a Latin American culture fair, which represented México, Honduras, Cuba, Argentina, Guatemala, and Colombia. The fair opened March 7th after school and closed on Friday the 9th. Classes split into groups, researching…

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Superior snacks: Looking into what students eat during class

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Students eat a lot during class. Eating can help pass some time or help you focus better. It is proven that blueberries, vegetables, and nuts can help improve concentration. For students, it’s common to snack in class just to get through the period, especially one of their least favorite classes. Snacking can range from just…

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Acting Up: These young women have used their careers to impact the media community

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In honor of women’s history month, here are some young women who use the platform of social media to advocate for inclusivity, feminism, equality, and diversity. Through their work of incorporating activism into their acting, the following girls have continued to stand out above other celebrities in their field. Yara Shahidi: Best known for her…

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Richards Recap: MJ Hegar speaks to study body

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(Left to right) Kaia Newton (9), Eleanor Jeansonne (10), Principal Kris Waugh, MJ Hegar, and Ximena Sifuentes-Chavez (10). Newton, Jeansonne, and Sifuentes-Chavez lead an interview with Hegar on here experience in the military, the book writing process, and congressional campaign.  Mary Jennings Hegar is an Air Force Veteran, author, mother, and Democratic Candidate for Congressional District…

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School fever: Ms. Dunavant makes the switch from middle school to high school

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This year at Ann Richards brought many new faces to the community, including Ms. Haley Dunavant. Ms. Dunavant is a “passion-driven” teacher who has taught seventh grade science for four years. She moved to Austin this year from Memphis, Tennessee, and this semester is her first time teaching grades higher than 7th. Recently, Dunavant stepped…

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Long-term goals: Middle school soccer team continues to grow

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For the past few weeks, it’s not unlikely that members Ann Richards Middle School soccer team will be taking hold of the mic during the celebration section all-school morning assembly. Over the course of the season, the announcement of wins, losses, and “shout-outs” to star players has been a weekly tradition for the team. The…

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How to Prepare for College: for Smarties

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As a senior, I realized that there are aspects of applying to college that you do not hear from advisors or parents, or you hear it but it is not emphasized or paid attention to. These are things that only a senior in March, or a current college student, might tell you. I hope reading…

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Women’s History Month: Celebrating the fight for equality since 1994

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Suffragettes on the picket line in front of the White House in 1917. Suffragettes fought for the equal right to vote between men and women. Photo provided by Library of Congress, Prints and Photographs Division. President Ronald Reagan authorized the proclamation of the observance of “National Women’s Week” starting March 7, 1981. However, that week…

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Free SXSW: How to enjoy SXSW without spending money

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If you are looking for something to do with friends over spring break, then try checking out South by Southwest (SXSW), a city-wide festival for art, music, movies, and more. Even if you don’t have a badge for SXSW, there are many ways for you to still participate and make use of this week long…

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